4 Ways to Convert PDF to Pages on Mac, Least Efforts Required

2019-08-29 02:30:26 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

As the most easily accessible way to store and share information across different platforms, operating systems, digital devices, PDF format are used so frequently. While, according to Apple, Pages is the powerful word processor that lets you create documents that look beautiful and read beautifully, also share across Apple devices.

I guess that is the reason makes PDF to Pages conversion on mac common and why so many mac users are looking for solutions on converting PDF to Pages in Apple Discussion.

I have a pdf document that I need to convert to a Pages document.  Can anyone help me?---Thomfromsan Francisco/Apple Discussion

As a writer, I often get files emailed to me in the format of PDF that I want to edit. At first, I used to copy all the text from the PDF file and copy it to Pages, and do all the reformatting, which is very time-consuming.  Especially some PDF files are scanned PDF files, which can't do a copy and paste. Then after some search, I find there are many PDF to pages converter on the market I have used most of the paid PDF to Pages converters, the result? - You can be prepared for hours of reformatting productivity loss in the output document.

But, I do find some ways and apps that will convert PDF to Pages file largely intact, that you can then open in Pages and do the edit again. Here are 4 solutions on how to convert PDF to Pages on Mac with least time and efforts required:

The Most Efficient Way to Convert PDF to Pages and keep formatting

There are multiple ways to convert PDF to Pages, but most of them are quite time and efforts consuming. Why? Because, with conventional solutions to convert PDF to iWork Pages file, users have to perform 2 conversions: PDF to Word, Word to Pages.

You may have noticed there are quite a few solutions to convert a PDF to Pages directly. When you Google search, you are guided to convert PDF to Word, then Save Word as Pages, which takes time and scarifies quality.

After slogging through dozens of solutions to convert PDF to Pages, we finally pick the best one for you--- PDF OCR Converter for Mac. It helps to perform the PDF-to-Pages conversion directly with least time and efforts, while with high quality retained. 

Steps on how to convert PDF to Pages on Mac efficiently

Step 1: Import PDF Files for PDF to Pages Conversion

Once you have installed and launched this PDF program on your Mac, go to "Converter", import PDFs into the program by drag&drop, you can import up to 200 files for one time.

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Step 2: Adjust the PDF to Pages Setting(Page Range, Output Format)

Click on the blank area of any imported PDF to select it, or hold “Shift” while selecting to choose multiple files for conversion. Also,before converting the PDF to Pages on mac, fill the page range and set output format as Pages.
If you need to preview the file to fill page range, please click on the PDF icon, the file will be opened with Preview. Turn the OCR button ON if you are converting scanned PDF to Pages on Mac.

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Step 3: Convert PDF to Pages on Mac Instantly

Once all the files are selected, click “Convert” to start PDF to Pages conversion. Choose your output folder and check the Pages files once the status bar indicates the conversion finishes.

Also, you can watch the video tutorial on how to convert PDF to Pages 

No worry on conversion quality, this PDF OCR Converter steals nothing from your file, all the information, layout, images, tables, formatting will be kept as your original file. That's it, several clicks and wait for several seconds, you will get your PDF in Pages format, and you will be able to edit the Pages file on your iPad or Mac anytime, anywhere. 

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Utilize Adobe Acrobat to Convert PDF to Pages on Mac

Assuming that you have installed the Adobe Acrobat on your mac, you can first convert PDF to Word in Adobe, then open the Word in Pages to save it in Pages file. Follow these steps to convert PDF to Pages if you don’t need to perform such a conversion very often.

This is how to convert PDF to Pages with Adobe Acrobat

If you are using earlier Adobe Acrobat versions:

  1. Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat
  2. Go to "File" > "Save As" > "PDF to Word". The document is now saved as a Microsoft Word document.convert pdf to pages with adobe
  3. Then open Word file with Pages, go to File>Save. You will get the Pages file, you may need to wait for some time if your file is large and rich in text, images, tables,etc.

If you are using Adobe Acrobat DC:

  1. Open PDF in Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Go to “Tools”>”Export PDF”>”Microsoft Word”.convert pdf to pages with adobe
  3. Then open the Word file in iWork Pages, go to File>Save.

As you can see, using Adobe to convert PDF to Pages is time consuming. If you need to work on multiple PDF files and deal with PDF to Pages conversion frequently, you are not recommended to turn to this solution.


Convert PDF to Pages Online Free

You can also make full use of online free tools to convert PDF to Pages. As you Google search online PDF to Pages Converter, a list of online PDF to Word converters appear in the Google results. That is to say, with online PDF to Pages converter, you will need to convert PDF to Word first, then save Word file as iWork Pages document, as that of using Adobe to convert PDFs. 

Here we recommend to use Zamzar, an online program allowing users to easily convert video, audio and various files into versatile formats, including PDF to Word conversion.

This is how to convert PDF to Pages online free

  1. Go to Zamzar.
  2. Upload PDF files that you want to convert to Pages>choose output as Doc or Docx>submit email address to receive download link>download Doc or Docx file.convert pdf to pages online free
  3. Open the Doc or Docx file in Pages and save as Pages document.


Can Mac Pages Convert PDF to Pages?

You may wonder if Mac Pages can convert PDF to Pages since it is the application comes free with macOS bundle. 

In fact, there is indeed a trick to convert PDF to Pages with free Mac Pages, but the PDF imported to Pages can be only saved in image format. In other words, Mac Pages allows users to insert PDF to Pages, but the imported PDF files are not editable in Pages. If you feel alright, continue to get this trick.

Since iWork Pages cannot open PDF directly, you will need to open an existing Pages file, then insert the PDF file to Pages.

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  1. Open an existing Pages file with iWork Pages.         
  2. Insert PDF to Pages on Mac.
    Once you have run iWork Pages, go to a new blank page and drag&drop the PDF file into the blank page. Only one page of PDF file can be imported at one time.
    Don’t drag and drop PDF files to pages that filled with contents,.Otherwise, these pages will be overlapped by inserted PDF.
    Also, you can double click on the PDF page or go to the right panel to adjust the settings.pdf to pages with Pages 02
  3. Save PDF as Pages on mac.
    Once all are done, go to File>Save. Your PDF will be converted to Pages, though the imported PDF cannot be edited. pdf to pages with Pages 03

Notes: If you want to edit PDF in Pages, you will need a professional PDF to Pages converter, or have a try on above-mentioned solutions.

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Extended Knowledge: Useful Tips You May Not Know about Pages

  1. Paste and match while preserving the Pages style

Working in Pages may involve a lot of copying and pasting. However, copying and pasting content from other resources with different styles is such a pain, especially when you have to use the content from the website. Press Shift+Option+Command+V to paste and match the copied contents to your Pages theme. 

  1. Create charts with functions

The charts you put in a Pages document can functions as it does in Numbers, you can use them to create formulas. Add a table by clicking Table, enter an “=“ sign into any box to activate the Functions sidebar. 

  1. Export and import templates

If you want to share your or a fixed template with others, go to File>Save as Template, you will be offered the option of adding it to your Template Chooser - the gallery of options that pops up when you create a new document or saving the file externally so you can share it with others. The one that you want to share the template with just need double-click the ".template" file, and they'll be guided to add it to their own Template Chooser.

Set a default Template: Press Command + N, choose your preferred template or press File>New from Template Chooser to choose a different template. 

  1. Password-protect your Pages for safety

You can password protect your Pages files the same way you password protect the PDFs. Go to File > Set Password, set a password easily to be remembered.

  1. Reduce the file size of your Pages documents

When you add too much media work into the Pages, the file size may be quite large. However, you can click on File > Reduce File Size, so the files can be shared conveniently without hogging up too much resources on your mac.

tips about Pages---reduce file size

  1. Customize the toolbar

Customizing the toolbar can greatly boost the productivity of your work in Pages, you can set up your workspace with the tools you use very often and remove those you won’t use for a while. Right click the toolbar at the top of a Pages window and select "Customize Toolbar." Drag those features you use often onto the toolbar, remove those you won’t use for a while, and then rearrange buttons using spaces to your preferences.

tips about Pages-customize toolbars

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3 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Rumir

    There was a way to change PDF to pages with the help of Adobe(I am a Adobe user)! Thanks, but is there any better way to improve the file quality using this method?

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Keshawn

    Way to go on this essya, helped a ton.

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Jerem

    I usually use Pages to edit document, but I always receive many PDF file from other people. I need a good PDF to Pages converter. This article provides a good solution. Thank you!!!

    4 years ago REPLY